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Not horsing around.

CARE home residents spent the afternoon with two new four-legged friends.

Residents at Charlton Court, in Wallsend, got to know ponies Molly and Mr P, for a pony therapy session.

Molly, a 13 year old Dartmoor pony, interacted with residents in the ground floor living room of the home, whereas Mr P, an American miniature horse, visited residents upstairs who were unable to make it down to the lounge.

The pony therapy session, which was organised through K&L Pony Parties and Therapy, involved residents petting and interacting with Molly and Mr P, while Laura Smith from Pony Therapy spoke to the residents about the animals and their care.

Ponies are known to have a calming and therapeutic effect and can help elderly individuals rekindle forgotten memories. As people with dementia often find it difficult to convey their thoughts and feelings, interacting with the horses can help. Susan Drew, the home manager, said: "We are always trying to think of beneficial activities that are a little bit different for our residents."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2013
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